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Social Work, Master of MSW

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Study mode

Full time


21 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSW - Master of Social Work

Subject areas

Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

Programme description

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) programme is a professional postgraduate qualification for those looking to practice as qualified social workers.

You’ll gain a fundamental understanding of the theory and practice that underpins all work in the field, splitting your time between theoretical learning on campus and practical work in various learning environments.

Recognition of qualification

The MSW qualification is recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council and the corresponding regulators of social work in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and those who successfully complete the programme are eligible for registration as a social worker.

The programme is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council, complies with the Scottish Requirements for Social Work Training and enables you to meet the Standards in Social Work Education and the Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection.

It is also recognised as a professional qualification in social work across the world, including the United States and Canada.

Social work in the USA

Social work in Canada


Successful completion of our MSW programme qualifies you to practise as a social worker.


Working with Self and Others 1: Skills, Theories & Methods - Core
Doing Social Work Research - Core
Understanding Care and Control in Social Work - Core
Social Work in Communities - Core
Professional Social Work Practice 1 - Core
Social Work with Individuals and Families - Core
Dissertation - Core
Professional Social Work Practice 2 - Core
Working with Risk, Trust and Complexity in Social Work - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, is preferred. Applicants holding or predicted less than a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with additional qualifications and/or substantial relevant experience may also be considered.

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